20 May 2022

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The To Do List: Week of May 20, 2022

Hey, if you’re reading this, you’re probably sweating! Congratulations, we’ve made it to the third week of May, 2022. How on earth did we get here? Not sure, but here we are. Carpe weekend and all that!

The Live, on the Hill concert series is on! Tonight, head on down to Eastern Market Metro Plaza and listen to the smooth sounds of a mystery band, from 5-6:30 p.m. More information here.

Are you passionate about helping working parents know and assert their rights AND you also love to dance? Then put First Shift Justice Project’s Dance Like a Mother benefit on your calendar! On May 20 starting at 6p.m., go to Wunder Garten or get down online and donate and dance for a great cause. More info here.

An array of yummy drinks can lead you to karaoke gold at Hatoba, Friday nights. Photo courtesy of Hatoba.

Want to put on the show instead of listening to it? How about some karaoke? Here are a couple of options:

  • Hatoba in Navy Yard is debuting Hatoba Nights, karaoke every Friday night from 9-midnight, starting TONIGHT! Sip a Polynesian cocktail while you delight (or torture) your fellow patrons with your best WOOOH OOOH! LIVING ON A PRAYER. Reservations here.
  • Sticky Rice on H Street NE is also doing karaoke again! Every Thursday night, there will be karaoke at the bar — and the private rooms will be back **soon**. Reservations here.

Who’s ready for a carnival? The Payne Spring Carnival is happening THIS SATURDAY, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! There will be a bounce house, balloon animals, games, music from King Bullfrog, a magician, crafts, baked goods, face painting, and fun for all. Best of all, admission is FREE! All proceeds support the Payne PTA.

Always wanted to know more about Union Station? Join this tour with the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and Atlas Obscura on May 21 and learn more about our busy transportation hub! Click here for more information and tickets. Can’t make it tomorrow? There are tour dates coming up in June as well!

The disc golf course is open again this week at the Fields at RFK after a couple of week’s worth of festivals. Go try it out! More information here.

Have fun while doing good! Hope & Seek , an in-person and virtual scavenger hunt is happening this Saturday, May 21. You can form your own team or support a team. The proceeds will support Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School, an institution that supports the learning and needs of adults from 18 years of age onward. For more information, to register, and to learn about the school’s mission, click here.

Looking for a way to smarten up your weekdays? Biergarten Haus has trivia every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Bring yourself and your team, consisting of no more than six peppy trivia players and compete for a $50 gift certificate to Biergarten Haus! For more info and for possible clues, check out quizmistresses Jean and Ana on Instagram.

Have you ever done a Belga Cafe Wine Dinner? These lavish, curated events always have a theme, and this month’s is Chef Bart’s birthday! Happy early birthday to Bart! For more info on this month’s dinner, happening May 26, click here.

A new Capitol Hill Art League show, Dedicated to… opened both online and at Frame of Mine last weekend, and you can visit it anytime. More details here.


The Preakness Stakes is happening on May 21, but the Preakness Live culinary art and music festival happens on May 20 and is a chance to sample incredible Baltimore cuisine as you listen to great live acts. For more info and tickets, click here.

How about learning to ride a bike, or riding with new friends? WABA DC has several events around town such as learning to ride bikes at the Carter Barron parking lot. For more information, click here.

We want to give the biggest, warmest welcome back to boat rides along the Georgetown Canal! A tradition that hasn’t been back for years, it’s now officially here again and you can schedule boat rides into the summer now. Click here to learn more.


Movies on the Pitch, a series of free outdoor movies at Audi Field, will be THE place to watch a movie and get eaten by mosquitoes this summer. But seriously, the lineup looks great and the fun starts June 2. Click here for more information and tickets.

Who doesn’t love comedy? Mark your calendar for these two free recurring events:

  • Starting Saturday, June 4 and every other Saturday, catch the Catfish Comedy Presents The Pregame Show at Union Pub. Click here for tickets and more info.
  • Starting Sunday, June 5, and every first Sunday after that, catch comedy at the Trusty’s bus. Click here for tickets and more info.

On June 12, celebrate 50 years of the Arboretum’s Washington Youth Garden with a party and benefit! More information and details here.

On Wednesday, June 15, the Hill Center will be holding a special conversation with Chief Robert Contee and historian Derek Musgrove. Learn more about our current MPD chief and how the District has changed over the past 50 years. For more information and tickets, click here.

Pharrell Williams is headlining in Something in the Water, a HUGE festival taking place *somewhere* along Independence Avenue SW (TBD), on Juneteenth weekend, June 17-19, 2022. The festival has its origins in Virginia Beach, but this year they are moving up farther north. The line-up is big and you can buy passes for the whole week starting Saturday, April 30. Click here to check out the lineup and to get your tickets (or bookmark it to get your tickets on 4/30).

The National Building Museum— one of my favorite museums in the city– always done something magical for their Summer Block Party series, and this year is no different. Together with the Folger Theater, this year they will bring an ACTUAL SHAKESPEAREAN PLAYHOUSE to the Grand Hall! The Playhouse will be open during the day for visiting, behind-the-scenes peeks and education. At night, it’ll transform into Titania and Oberon’s lair of love and mischief as the Folger Theater brings “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the stage starting July 12. For info on The Playhouse and the National Building Museum, click here. For play tickets, click here.

And it’s a ways off, but start getting excited for the DC Jazz Fest, August 31 to September 4 this year. Check out the line-up here.

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